HTC One (M8) for Windows

8.2/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
5"

The HTC One (M8) for Windows's screen is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system (OS).

Camera
4+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 4+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2600mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2600 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 22 days standby time, 1320 minutes (2G), 1320 minutes (3G).



The One M8 for Windows is worth considering if you're looking for a beautifully designed Windows Phone with fast performance.

- Brad Molen , Engadget 

Reviews summary

8.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 19 reviews

What's good

  • Great performance
  • Plenty of storage space
  • All-metal design
  • Bright, crisp display
  • XLTE and GSM support
  • MicroSD card support

What's bad

  • Lack of app availability
  • Average camera
  • Windows phone interface

With its stylish design and flagship specs, the M8 is a very popular option on the Android market. While the brand was once synonymous with Windows phones, it has been a while since anyone has seen an HTC phone running anything but Android. The HTC One (M8) for Windows looks to get them back in the game. Does it live up to the hype? Let’s dive into the reviews.

If you’ve looked at the Android M8, there really isn’t much new to see on the hardware front. It’s the same device, with an extra logo on the back. However, if you haven’t seen the M8 before, you’ll either love or hate its all-metal unibody design. While reviews are positive on the look of the phone and build quality, a tall design and a smooth back make for a slippery grip according to many reviews. PC World noted its “solid, professional construction” while CNet hailed it as “handsome and opulent.”

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The metal chassis wraps around a large 5-inch 1080p IPS LCD. Reviews on the screen were very positive with everyone mentioning how crisp and clear it is. Brightness does not appear to be an issue. However, CNet noted that wearing polarized sunglasses while using the phone could pose some problems. While it might not have the pure blacks of an AMOLED display, reviews give the screen high marks across the board.

Pushing the M8 is a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM. Even with the high-resolution display, reviews indicate that performance is stellar. CNet noted that it “handles like greased lightning.” Engadget was less impressed, stating that it “runs well most of the time.” They later elaborate, stating that many delays are simply a cause of animations and other eye candy used by Windows Phone 8.1.1 and not actual issues with performance at all.

With 32GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards up to 128GB, there handset offers plenty of room for your movie collection, music or the latest high-definition games. Reviews also noted that there is very little pre-installed bloatware to take up space on the device out of the box. Combined with the stereo BoomSound speakers and reviews indicate it is an excellent choice for media consumption and gaming. Phone Arena declared, “From its vibrant screen to its stereo speakers, it definitely delivers the goods in this particular area.” CNet added that the speakers “belt out a ton of sound.”

Power users will appreciate the battery life on the phone. While the 2600mAh battery cannot be swapped out, reviews all found the phone to have exceptional battery life. While gaming would tax the battery, most found that average or heavy usage otherwise would still net a full day’s use on a single charge. CNet tested the phone with light mixed use and talking and found they were about to use the phone for 21 hours without searching for a power outlet.

Other features include an IR blaster for controlling your television, the Cortana voice assistant and the interesting UFocus feature. By including two cameras on the back of the device, the UFocus feature allows you to refocus photos after you’ve taken them and add a number of artistic effects and filters not found on other handsets. Unfortunately, overall reviews of the camera are average at best, with many reviews citing lighting issues and overall soft photos. CNet said, “Compared with several Nokia Lumias, this device just isn't up to par.”

At the end of the day, the weakest point of the HTC One (M8) for Windows, according to reviews, isn’t the hardware at all. It’s the Windows software. Pocket Now found the interface unfriendly with some common tasks and all reviews pointed out a lack of app availability compared to Android or iOS.

However, if you’re not concerned about this issue, the phone gets rave reviews. CNet believes the phone will “undoubtedly satisfy your needs -- as only Microsoft's software and HTC's premium hardware can.” Business Insider calls it “a fantastic phone.” Even Engadget declared it “one of the best options” in the Windows Phone lineup.


Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


Brighthand

New phone, same story

from Brighthand

So who should want an HTC One (M8) for Windows? Well, the same kind of people who would want a Windows Phone in general. Relative to other phones that run Microsoft’s platform, this is one of the top options on the market. It’s still a wonderful piece of machinery, with a great display, fast processor, and best-in-class speakers. It’s also not a Lumia, a rare feat for new devices of its kind. Outside of its so-so camera, it is one of the two most well-rounded phones running its OS...

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So who should want an HTC One (M8) for Windows? Well, the same kind of people who would want a Windows Phone in general. Relative to other phones that run Microsoft’s platform, this is one of the top options on the market. It’s still a wonderful piece of machinery, with a great display, fast processor, and best-in-class speakers. It’s also not a Lumia, a rare feat for new devices of its kind. Outside of its so-so camera, it is one of the two most well-rounded phones running its OS.

The problem is that it’s running that OS in the first place. The One (M8) for Windows is a great treat for Windows Phone users, and a good phone in its own right, but it’s hard to recommend unequivocally when we’ve seen it done better already. For the same price as the exceptional Android model, the One (M8) for Windows gives you slightly choppier performance, slightly weaker battery life, a slightly worse camera, and, yes, comparatively handicapped software. As encouraging as the One (M8) for Windows’ existence is, we have to be platform agnostic and say that the standard One (M8) is still the superior choice. 

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PC Magazine

Marries high-end design with modern specs

from PC Magazine

When the M8 for Windows originally debuted on Verizon, I was hopeful that it would be the first of many Android-to-Windows conversions. Despite Microsoft's free licensing policy, though, that hope has failed to come to fruition. And with Microsoft itself strictly focusing on the low-to-midrange m...More

When the M8 for Windows originally debuted on Verizon, I was hopeful that it would be the first of many Android-to-Windows conversions. Despite Microsoft's free licensing policy, though, that hope has failed to come to fruition. And with Microsoft itself strictly focusing on the low-to-midrange market, there aren't very many choices for die-hard Windows Phone fans. The Nokia Lumia 830 is the only other recent entrant on AT&T, and we found it to be an underpowered and overpriced midrange phone. After that, what's left is the oversized and rapidly aging Lumia 1520 to compete at the high-end, and its size makes it more of a niche product. That leaves the M8 for Windows the only real high-end option on AT&T; fortunately, it's an excellent one.

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Softpedia

Nokia Lumia’s true nemesis

from Softpedia

The most appealing trait of the HTC One M8 for Windows is design. The smartphone is the best looking on the market and the fact that it’s made of aluminum is another plus. Hardware-wise, HTC’s device should be the most powerful smartphone, at least on paper, running the Windows Phone platform...

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The most appealing trait of the HTC One M8 for Windows is design. The smartphone is the best looking on the market and the fact that it’s made of aluminum is another plus. Hardware-wise, HTC’s device should be the most powerful smartphone, at least on paper, running the Windows Phone platform.

There are so many key features that should be mentioned here, like the front-facing BoomSound speakers, microSD card slot, 32GB storage, 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU and 2GB of RAM. The Windows Phone 8.1 is another positive aspect that should increase the smartphone’s desirability among consumers. Hopefully, Microsoft will continue to improve the experience with new features and enhancements.

The 2,600 mAh battery offers quite decent usage times, while the 5-megapixel front-facing camera should fulfil any thirst for selfies. Last but not least, the audio quality is exceptional, so those who are into listening to music while on the move should be more than content with what the One M8 for Windows has to offer. 

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Pocket-lint

Same genes, different DNA

from Pocket-lint

There's a lot to love about the HTC One M8 for Windows - it's the device that proves the importance of a premium build and construction, irrelevant of software platform. We love the M8 design because it enhances the overall experience.

The things that work really well on the Android device from a hardware perspective work well in the Windows device too: the M8 offers a great display and the best mobile sound experience around. However, the Windows Phone 8.1 software experience is a little slower than Android - largely because of animations and some arrangement issues - so you might have to wait a little longer for some apps...

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There's a lot to love about the HTC One M8 for Windows - it's the device that proves the importance of a premium build and construction, irrelevant of software platform. We love the M8 design because it enhances the overall experience.

The things that work really well on the Android device from a hardware perspective work well in the Windows device too: the M8 offers a great display and the best mobile sound experience around. However, the Windows Phone 8.1 software experience is a little slower than Android - largely because of animations and some arrangement issues - so you might have to wait a little longer for some apps.

Opting to step away from Lumia devices means that you don't get some of those exclusive apps either, but exactly how this differentiation will pan out over the next 12 months and beyond remains to be seen due to the Microsoft takeover of the brand. The lack of some camera apps and decent mapping can be overcome by downloading alternatives. However, we do still think there's a Lumia advantage from an imaging and software perspective as HTC's camera offers some interesting features - but it can't be said to be better than the Lumia 930's camera.

Overall if you're not looking to go with a Lumia then the HTC One (M8) for Windows isn't just a solid choice, it's the best designed Windows Phone 8.1 device we've seen. It's a welcome addition to Windows Phone, which is a platform growing stronger all the time. The only problem is you can't yet buy it in the UK. Here's hoping that changes. 

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GSMArena

A great smartphone, but it should have been even better to deserve its flagship price

If you were hoping to switch Android and Windows at your will, we have to disappoint you. But look at this on the bright side - for the first time ever you can choose the OS of your flagship phone. It is a huge step forward and we hope other manufacturers will follow suit, especially now when using Windows Phone is free to them.

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If you were hoping to switch Android and Windows at your will, we have to disappoint you. But look at this on the bright side - for the first time ever you can choose the OS of your flagship phone. It is a huge step forward and we hope other manufacturers will follow suit, especially now when using Windows Phone is free to them.

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BetaNews

Same hardware with a different operating system

from BetaNews

The HTC One (M8) for Windows is a wonderful smartphone that should appeal greatly to the Windows Phone crowd. However, the Nokia Lumia Icon is the better all-around phone, and camera-lovers should look at it instead. Still, if you put a premium on listening to music and overall craftsmanship, the...More

The HTC One (M8) for Windows is a wonderful smartphone that should appeal greatly to the Windows Phone crowd. However, the Nokia Lumia Icon is the better all-around phone, and camera-lovers should look at it instead. Still, if you put a premium on listening to music and overall craftsmanship, the HTC is the way to go; it is sexier. Quite frankly, you can't go wrong with either phone. Actually, unlike Android, there really are no duds in the Windows Phone 8.x family -- it is a great time to be a user of Microsoft's smartphone operating system.

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Daily Mobile

A Tasty Offering From HTC

from Daily Mobile

The HTC One M8 is almost the perfect marriage of hardware and software that would make any first time Windows Phone user feel right at home coming from an Android device. Does this mean I can fully recommend it to everyone? No, simply for the camera. While the UltraPixel does take some nice pictures, there are so many better options when it comes to Windows Phone devices...

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The HTC One M8 is almost the perfect marriage of hardware and software that would make any first time Windows Phone user feel right at home coming from an Android device. Does this mean I can fully recommend it to everyone? No, simply for the camera. While the UltraPixel does take some nice pictures, there are so many better options when it comes to Windows Phone devices.

That being said I love the way the device feels in hand, I love the fact that it's a 5 inch screen yet I can still use it one handed. So if you can overlook the average camera on the rear and a few missing Nokia exclusive apps, this device is worthy of your consideration.

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The Next Web

The body of Iron Man with the soul of Aquaman

from The Next Web

The HTC One M8 Windows Phone is a great phone for fans of Windows Phone. But it’s still in the acquaintance zone of phones. Maybe if enough of us can love the phone, even with all its quirks and weird issues, we’ll have a true third choice in the mobile market.

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The HTC One M8 Windows Phone is a great phone for fans of Windows Phone. But it’s still in the acquaintance zone of phones. Maybe if enough of us can love the phone, even with all its quirks and weird issues, we’ll have a true third choice in the mobile market.

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PCWorld

A novel new take on Windows Phone

from PCWorld

The One (M8) doesn’t do enough to distinguish itself to receive my unconditional recommendation for Windows Phone users. Neither BlinkFeed nor SenseTV justify the purchase, leaving the One M8’s camera technology as the primary reason to buy the phone.

Still, the idealist in me hopes that there’s more to come from HTC's Windows Phone vision. Microsoft recently loosened its grip on Windows Phone hardware, a policy decision that was instrumental in allowing the HTC One (M8) to come to market. That breath of fresh air makes me yearn for something more. Cloning my existing Windows Phone apps and settings onto new hardware is appealing. But I’d like to see HTC interpret Windows Phone with its Sense aesthetic, too...

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The One (M8) doesn’t do enough to distinguish itself to receive my unconditional recommendation for Windows Phone users. Neither BlinkFeed nor SenseTV justify the purchase, leaving the One M8’s camera technology as the primary reason to buy the phone.

Still, the idealist in me hopes that there’s more to come from HTC's Windows Phone vision. Microsoft recently loosened its grip on Windows Phone hardware, a policy decision that was instrumental in allowing the HTC One (M8) to come to market. That breath of fresh air makes me yearn for something more. Cloning my existing Windows Phone apps and settings onto new hardware is appealing. But I’d like to see HTC interpret Windows Phone with its Sense aesthetic, too.

The bottom line is that I still see the Lumia Icon as the premiere Windows Phone for work and productivity, while HTC's selfie camera, BoomSound speakers, and novel dual-camera approach justify a purchase for more creative types. 

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Phone Scoop

A premium Windows Phone handset

from Phone Scoop

The One for Windows is a solid effort from HTC. The hardware is quite good, and possibly the best available for the Windows Phone platform. The device truly conquers the basics, with an excellent screen, great audio quality, superb performance on Verizon's network, and killer battery life.

The Windows Phone platform looks and performs great on the One for Windows. I had no trouble with any of the apps or services on board, and it processed everything at blazing fast speeds...

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The One for Windows is a solid effort from HTC. The hardware is quite good, and possibly the best available for the Windows Phone platform. The device truly conquers the basics, with an excellent screen, great audio quality, superb performance on Verizon's network, and killer battery life.

The Windows Phone platform looks and performs great on the One for Windows. I had no trouble with any of the apps or services on board, and it processed everything at blazing fast speeds.

HTC's additions to Windows Phone aren't as extensive as Nokia's, but tools such as Sense TV and HTC Photo Edit - with its 3D effects - are neat extras. The camera is powerful and produces results that are very good. I wish the navigation tools were a little bit better, but that's hardly the worst complaint I can levy against the phone.

Simply put, the One for Windows is a great Windows Phone. Heck, it's a great smartphone, period. Be sure to check it out. 

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date August 19, 2014
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.83 W/kg
Body: 1.17 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2600 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 600 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 980 minutes
3G Surfing Time 628 minutes
4G Surfing Time 628 minutes
Talk Time 1320 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1320 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 22 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.6 x 7.1 x 0.9 cm (5.8 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 160 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology S-LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Yahoo! Mail, AOL, Hotmail, iCloud, Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
4+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Exposure value, HDR, Twin-sensor
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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